Review: One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare

Posted February 10, 2012 by Suzanne in Reviews / 5 Comments

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Review: One Dance with a Duke by Tessa Dare
One Dance with a Duke
by Tessa Dare

3.5 Stars


Released: May 25, 2010
Series: Stud Club #1
Published by Ballantine Books
Pages: 384

Amelia isn’t impressed with the Duke of Midnight. He descends upon a ball at midnight dances a set with one of the young and the brainless before leaving again, the ladies sighs of both desire and fear follow in his wake. However, her wastrel brother owes him money so when he next makes his melodramatic entrance she commendeers his hand; however, little does she know that that one action will cause her life to change drastically.

I know 3.5 feathers doesn’t seem like much, especially as I did really enjoy this book. I liked the hero Spencer, The Duke of Midnight, he was arrogant in a way only a Duke and a hero of a romance novel can be and yet still have you lusting after him. He was also endearingly vulnrable as well at times, which just made him even more irrestible. And Amelia, I have mixed thoughts on the heroine of this story, most the time she was witty and sensible and I really liked her. BUT when it can to her brother she was totally blind. Her brother Jack was a complete leech, he takes and takes and takes from her and gambles it all away, but still she keeps on giving him more, he take complete advantage of her loving and nurturing nature and it really bugged me how blind she was to it, especially when it almost ruined her marriage to Spencer! This complete stupidity really really annoyed me and it tainted how much I liked her.

But, the writing in this was really good I liked her style, she creates a window in to her story, showing you her well crafted characters through dialogue, which flowed naturally and description that never bogged you down with too much unnecessary detail. I think what has stopped me from giving this more then 3.5 feathers was that although I liked it, I didn’t love it, it didn’t have that extra spark that makes me think I will be remembering this book for a while to come. It made me smile, it was romantic, I liked the characters but nothing jumped out at me as being fantastic.

This was a great read, despite what seems a luke warm review, I do recommend you read this if you are looking for a good romance with likable characters and great writing.

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About Tessa Dare

Tessa Dare is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of fourteen historical romance novels and five novellas. Her books have won numerous accolades, including Romance Writers of America’s prestigious RITA® award (twice) and the RT Book Reviews Seal of Excellence. Booklist magazine named her one of the “new stars of historical romance,” and her books have been contracted for translation in more than a dozen languages.

Mixing wit, sensuality, and emotion, Tessa writes Regency-set romance novels that feel relatable to modern readers. With her bestselling “Spindle Cove” and “Castles Ever After” series, she has had great fun creating heroines who defy the conventions of their time—engaging in “unladylike” pursuits that range from paleontology to beer-making—and dreaming up the strong-willed, sexy heroes who find their hearts ensnared by them.

A librarian by training and a booklover at heart, Tessa makes her home in Southern California, where she lives with her husband, their two children, and a trio of cosmic kitties.

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